Work hard, play hard.
That just about sums up the 2013 Red Sox, who celebrated their improbable World Series victory Wednesday with a late-night champagne shower in the clubhouse and an even later night gathering at Game On.
The highlight of the hirsute crew’s hedonism was a 15-liter bottle of Armand de Brignac Nebuchadnezzar champagne, known colloquially as “Ace of Spades.” (If that rings a bell, it’s because the Bruins enjoyed a bottle of the bubbly during a party at Shrine at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods after their 2011 Stanley Cup win.)
What’s remarkable about the champagne isn’t the taste, but the pricetag. The super rare stuff, which got a PR boost back in 2006 when it was featured in the video for Jay-Z’s song “Show Me What You Got,” costs at least $100,000 per bottle. (We’re not sure who bought it, but Big Papi, who was photographed taking a king-size sip from the bottle, made $14 million this year so he could definitely afford it.)
At some point, the party moved to Patrick Lyons’s sports bar at the corner of Brookline Avenue and Lansdowne Street, where players, front office folks, and assorted others toasted the team’s success. The crowd included owner John Henry and wife Linda Pizzuti, chairman Tom Werner, CEO Larry Lucchino, COO Sam Kennedy, vice chairman David Ginsberg, GM Ben Cherington and wife Tyler Tumminia, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and wife Tina, clothier Alan Bilzerian, chef Ming Tsai, actor Mike O’Malley, MLB reporter Heidi Watney, developer Robin Brown, and Cy Young winner and ESPN commentator Rick Sutcliffe.
“It was an impromptu celebration,” Lyons told us Thursday. “The party just sort of migrated. It was euphoria, a lot of peole having a lot of fun.”
The Dropkick Murphys, who’d wound up the Fenway faithful before Game 6 by playing “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” performed a short set at Game On, and the Red Sox reveler-in-chief Jonny Gomes made a cameo, joining the band on “The Boys Are Back.”
We can’t wait to do it all again next season.